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that the united states will help victims of the earthquake in haiti. right now as many as 3 million people are in dire need of food, water, shelter and medical supplies. we will get the latest from janet choi in miami. haitians are frantically pulling survivors in port-au- prince. the strongest earthquake to hit the area struck. the presidential palace and the united nations headquarters in haiti both collapsed. the head of the u.n. peace keeping mission remains missing. thousands are believed to be buried in the rubble. american aide worker was buried under a foot of concrete. her husband dug her out. >> we had to pull bricks and bricks and wood and doors and metal away for at least, at least an hour before we were able to get her and her co- worker out as well. >> reporter: international relief agencies are rushing in aid and personnel. a search and rescue team from virginia is gearing up to go and president obama is promising more help. >> when disasters such as this, the first hours and days are absolutely critical to saving lives and avoiding greater tragedy. >>> there is a large hait
-prince haiti. >> several plane loads of haitian orphans are beginning to arrive in the united states. many of these children, who were already orphans before the quake will find new lives here. and this is video of a group who arrived in pittsburgh early today. they will be placed in group homes until their adoptions are finalized. >>> the baltimore-based usns comfort could begin to see victims as as soon as today. the medical ship is due to arrive in haiti by friday and only on 9 news now, we will be able to take you on board the ship because scott broom right now has a look at some of the precious cargo on board. >> i'm scott broom on the u.s. navy hospital ship comfort on the way to haiti. a lot of the 750 people on board. they nonetheless wanted to have an impact on the mission of mercy. >> this is my daughter. >> dr. dan is a pediatrician who's really proud of his third grader at the stone ridge school of the sacred heart in bethesda. here's one reason why. a big box of stuffed animals she helped to collect at school when she heard her dad was shipping out. not just one box but an ent
that has to be done and that's what the president of the united states should be doing. if president obama is going to turn those numbers around, even democrats admit he will have to start with the biggest issue here at home. >> this is not seen as president bush's economy but president obama's economy and he needs to focus on jobs, jobs, jobs. >> reporter: that's on the agenda in the days ahead. economists warn unemployment could be at 10% for most of the year. joel brown, cbs news, the white house. >>> we have a developing story from u.s. district court in washington. that's are a grand jury is looking in to to the so-called white house party crashers. irwin gomez, the hotel for mrs. is a hi was expected to testify. he was seen leaving the court this morning. salahi and her husband are accused of crashing the state dinner for the indian prime minister last year. >>> the white house is considering a new tax to be deaf levied on financial institutions. the goal would be to raise more money and ensure that taxpayers, who bailed out banks, are paid back. while most of the big banks are start
on terror threats to the united states. this comes days after the airing of a new tape which appears to be from osama bin laden and weeks after the failed christmas day plane bombing. britain raised its terror threat level over the weekend and passengers arriving here from the u.k. say they experienced much- tighter security measures. >> they were frisking everybody -- frisking everything before you got on the plane. it takes longer to load and there is a general sense that things are a little more, there's more security than this in the past. >> reporter: one reason british officials cited for raising their terror threat status was an unusually high number of people on no-fly lists who have been trying to board u.s.-bound flights. >>> now for the latest information on the earthquake in haiti. survivors of the quake are asking the world for tents. even the president of haiti says he will sleep in one for shelter because his palace is in ruins. he has asked the world to donate 200,000 tents. any shipments will be given priority landing at the port-au- prince airport. today marks two w
-down searches to people flying to the united states from 14 high-risk countries. >>> an attorney representing the alleged third state dinner crasher says that his client had every right to attend the event. attorney scott bolden told 9news now's gary nurenberg that his client, carlos allen, asked for and received an official invitation. >> reporter: from whom did he receive this invitation? >> he received it in the mail, and presumably whoever sent it to him, it had the white house emblem on it. >> reporter: so it was a formal invitation from the white house. >> well, i didn't say that. i have not seen the original piece, and we're still investigating where it came from. >> the secret service says that carlos allen, seen here entering the white house, was never on the official guest list. >>> virginia state police are investigating a mysterious new year's day incident. according to police, someone fired two shots at a car on i- 66 near the groveton road everypass in manassas. one bullet entered a rear door and the second hit the vehicle just above the gas tank. neither the driver nor passenge
guantanamo in any court of the united states of america. >> reporter: administration officials aren't saying where a trial might be held instead of new york but there is speculation it could be on a military base. karen brown, cbs news, new york. >>> it appears that al-qaeda leader osama bin laden is blaming global climate change on the west. in that tape, intelligence experts believe that it is bin laden's voice. he blames the bush administration for the phenomenon. officials are checking the authenticity of that tape. >>> the man suspected of killing sandra levy goes to court today. the hearing is scheduled in dc superior court. he is charged with murdering the federal intern who disappeared in 2001. her remains were found a year later in rock creek park. he is already in prison for other attacks on women in the park. >>> a medical team from our area is back home after helping in haiti. the doctors and nurses from inova fairfax county hospital have returned from their mission to treat earthquake survivors. they will be sharing their stories and we will have that tonight at 9 news now. >> s
the united states is donating $100 million to the relief effort in haiti. rescue crews from around the world are trying to free scores of people still trapped after that earthquake leveled the country on tuesday. terrell brown shows how haitian americans are pitching in hoping to make a difference. >> reporter: the people of haiti are in desperate need of water, shelter and medical attention. squash aid is starting to trickle in, but with so many people now homeless it's a race against time to keep survivors alive. >> catastrophe. there's no word for it. >> reporter: thousands are believed to be buried under the rubble and survivors say there's no coordinated rescue effort, just families, friends and co-workers. using hand tools to mo dig through mountains of concrete. the few hospitals still functioning are overwhelmed. planes are landing at port-au- prince and u.s. navy ships are expected to bring in thousands of troops. president obama is asking two of his predecessors to help raise money and promised $100 million in aid. >> none of this will seem quick enough if you have a loved one who'
. secretary of state hillary clinton says the united states would back the plan as long as militants cut all ties to al- qaeda. the afghan president called for political help in the region. >> we ask all of our neighbors, particularly pakistan, to support our peace. >> reporter: leaders here are trying to reflect a united front but deep divisions remain and protesters just down the street from the conference are demanding to be heard. muslim demonstrators called afghan president karzai a fraud. >> we are calling for the troops to be removed, the occupation to end and the israelis to be changed. >> reporter: but foreign troops won't be leaving anytime soon. britain's prime minister said the tide is turning against insurgents and predicts afghan security forces should be able to take over their own security by next year but president karzai warns some american and international forces may be needed in afghanistan for another 15 years. charlie d'agata, cbs news, london. >>> >>> let's get the latest information on the earthquake in haiti. another sign of hope amid the ruins. a 17-year-old girl w
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